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Executive Director Cohort

When: Monday, February 3rd through Monday, March 16th (skip February 17th)
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee  37917
United States
Presenter: Jerry Askew, Ph.D.
Contact: Samantha Amick

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All sessions will take place at The Regas Building from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 3rd

Monday, February 10th

(skip February 17th - Presidents' Day)

Monday, February 24th

Monday, March 2nd

Monday, March 9th

Monday, March 16th



Member: $500.00

Non-Member: $1,500.00


Whether one is a new or seasoned chief executive, there is always much to learn.  Certainly, there are publications, workshops and other resources to assist, but most successful leaders will admit that much of what they know is the result of interaction with mentors and peers over the course of their careers.  ABN’s Executive Director Cohorts meet for six weekly sessions and are designed to assist participants in developing the individual behaviors, perspectives, and practices that will help ensure their effectiveness as chief executives. 


Led by Dr. Jerry Askew, the Executive Director Cohort will participate in a series of workshops, lectures, and discussions around the nonprofit executive director role. Participants will join fellow executive directors from across the region learning new skills, gaining fresh insights, and developing the friendship and support of other passionate leaders.


Learning Objectives Include:

  • Learn and be able to apply leadership-related psychological theories
  • Describe the difference between leading and managing
  • Analyze the actions and behaviors that motivate team members
  • Develop strategies for leading during financially challenging times
  • Determine methods for building environments of trust
  • Develop an executive presence both within and outside the organization
  • Develop effective staff/board relationships
  • Create strategies for time management and self-care
Great topics, lots of helpful takeaways, engaging, and loved the diversity of organizations represented. Jerry was an awesome facilitator! - Janet Testerman, Young-Williams Animal Center 
I loved being able to get together with folks rowing the same boat as I am and getting to exchange ideas and commiserate! - Eva Pierce, Hand UP For Women
I learned a lot, including how to lead in times of financial stress. I made many good contacts and new friends! - Theresa Brittain, Friends of Literacy
So well done! Helpful content and much-needed input and camaraderie. - Beth Wayland, With, Inc.

SHRM Credits:

Alliance for Better Nonprofits is recognized by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Full participation in Executive Director Cohort  is valid for 12 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



Who Should Attend:

Executive directors of any experience and of any sized organizations



Dr. Jerry Askew brings nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience to ABN, having held executive positions in higher education, philanthropy and healthcare. Since arriving in Knoxville in 1985, Jerry has served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Foundation and Senior Vice President of the St. Mary’s/Mercy Health Systems. In addition, Jerry has served on the boards of over 40 nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from the University of Memphis and PhD from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.


Cancellation Courtesy:
If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Samantha Amick at five business days prior to the class. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

Special Accommodations:

If you require special accommodation in order to attend an ABN training, please contact Samantha Amick at 865-313-2077 or no less than five days prior to the training you wish to attend.

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